Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Secure Supply of Refractory Metals in Europe (MSP-REFRAM)
Research Project, 2016 – 2017

Refractory metals (tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, molybdenum and niobium) are highly strategic metals today mainly imported from a few countries. The European primary production remains below a few percentage. However, resources exist in Europe, as primary resources but mainly as secondary resources (industrial waste, urban mines). Valorizing these resources requires coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities to harmonise technologies, processes and services, develop standards, create new potential for export of eco-innovative solutions and for seizing new markets.

MSP-REFRAM will address these challenges by creating of a common multi-stakeholder platform that will draw the current refractory metals value chains and identify its innovation potential in order to support the implementation of the EIP on Raw Materials. Coming from industry, research, public sectors and civil society, both Consortium Members and External Experts have joined forces with expertise covering the whole value chain including mining, processing, recycling, application.
The outputs of MSP-REFRAM will help Europe improve the supply value chain of refractory metals in the coming years, optimising the use of external resources as energy and water and at the same time reducing the amount and the toxicity of waste.
MSP-REFRAM will share its conclusions widely and efficiently, in a long lasting way thanks to the support of the PROMETIA association. To ensure the systemic change, the outcomes of the project will be made available to the stakeholders and to the public through different tools and reports.

In the medium term, MSP-REFRAM will contribute to better-informed decision-making at EU and national level as well as industry by proposing innovative value chains that will boost the refractory metals sector. In the longer term, this should improve the availability of these refractory metals, while creating greater added value to the economy and more jobs.


Christian Ekberg (contact)

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material

Teodora Retegan Vollmer

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material


Amphos 21 Consulting

Barcelona, Spain

Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM)

Paris, France

Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands


Dun, France


Trappes, France

Foundation Cartif

Boecillo, Spain

Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Espoo, Finland

Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych

Gliwice, Poland

Junta de Castilla y León Agencia de Innovación, Financiación e Internacionalizacion Empresarial

Valladolid, Spain

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT)

Lappeenranta, Finland

LGI Consulting

Paris, France

Mining and Recycling Innovation Association

Bruxelles, Belgium

National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse

Toulouse, France

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Athens, Greece

Optimizacion Orientada a la Sostenibilidad sl

Sevilla, Spain


Kista, Sweden

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Espoo, Finland

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern, Germany

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Universidad de Burgos

Burgos, Spain


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/199884
Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2017

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